Shane Black (born December 16, 1961) is an American screenwriter, director, producer and actor who directed the 2018 film The Predator. He also portrayed Hawkins in the 1987 film Predator. Notable films Black has directed include Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), Iron Man 3 (2013) and The Nice Guys (2016). Other noteworthy films Black has appeared in include RoboCop 3 (1993), As Good as It Gets (1997), Monkeys (2007) and Swing State (2015).

Black is perhaps most famous for his high-profile action movie screenplays, of which he wrote several during the 1980s and 90s, most notably Lethal Weapon (1987), The Last Boy Scout (1991) and The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996).


Year Title Functioned as Notes
Director Writer Actor
1986 Night of the Creeps RedCross RedCross GreenTick Uncredited
1987 Lethal Weapon RedCross GreenTick RedCross With Gary Busey, Danny Glover and Steve Kahan
Predator RedCross GreenTick GreenTick Uncredited as writer
The Monster Squad RedCross GreenTick RedCross With Tom Woodruff, Jr.
1988 Dead Heat RedCross RedCross GreenTick
1989 Lethal Weapon 2 RedCross GreenTick RedCross With Danny Glover, Jenette Goldstein, Steve Kahan and Mark Rolston
1990 The Hunt for Red October RedCross RedCross GreenTick Uncredited; directed by John McTiernan
1991 The Last Boy Scout RedCross GreenTick RedCross With Steve Boyum, Michael Papajohn and Carmine Zozzora
1993 RoboCop 3 RedCross RedCross GreenTick
Last Action Hero RedCross GreenTick RedCross With William H. Burton, Jr., Charles Dance, Larry Ferguson, Henry Kingi, Thomas Rosales, Jr., Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sven-Ole Thorsen and Jean-Claude Van Damme, directed by John McTiernan
1994 Night Realm RedCross RedCross GreenTick
1996 The Long Kiss Goodnight RedCross GreenTick RedCross
1997 As Good As It Gets RedCross RedCross GreenTick
An Alan Smithee Film: Burn Hollywood Burn RedCross RedCross GreenTick
2005 Kiss Kiss Bang Bang GreenTick GreenTick RedCross With Laurence Fishburne
2007 Monkeys RedCross RedCross GreenTick
2013 Iron Man 3 GreenTick GreenTick RedCross With Guy Pearce
2015 Any Day RedCross RedCross GreenTick
2016 The Nice Guys GreenTick GreenTick RedCross
2017 Swing State RedCross RedCross GreenTick With Jake Busey


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